Online Code of Behavior 8.1

What does it mean to be a good digital citizen online?

Do now...Complete this sentence...

Doing the "right thing" online means....

In your opinion do teenagers do the right things online?

1-No-------------------------------5 Somewhat---------------------------Yes 10

********************************************************************************************Key terms...

Online code of behavior: Personal decisions about doing the right thing online according to one's own beliefs and values

integrity: Personal quality of "doing the right things when no one is looking"

Online ethics: Society's principles and moral behavior as it relates to the Internet and digital devices

Data sets: Different collections of information organized by category, topic, focus groups etc.


Online Behavior Issues: Do most teens do the right things online? In your opinion, do teens in general...

Why is each issue below an important part of a proper online code of behavior? Why is this anecdotal evidence : making a claim or conclusion only from personal observation or experiences


1 No, most teens do not the right thing---------------5 Somewhat---------------------YES, most do the right things online

Did you give it a high or low rating? Why?

A.___Online Chats: Are teens careful about the types of conversations and with whom they are talking to online? Why?___________________

B.____Online profiles Do teens set their profiles to “private” for viewing only by approved contacts? Why?________________

C. ____Personal Information. Do teens avoid typing in personal information, photos, phone numbers, accounts, and other private details when online. Why?____________________________

D. ____Cybercrime Do teens avoid sharing access and passwords to movie, music and game sites they did not pay for? Why?_______________________________

E._____Interactive Online Gaming. Do teens conduct themselves in a respectful and polite manner when playing online games? Why?______________________

F.____Publishing content Do teens avoid uploading inappropriate, offensive or even illegal content to their own online spaces? Why?_______________________

G._____Trolling : Do teens withdraw or block messages and photos that may be insulting to someone else? Why?__________________________________

H._____Digital footprint Do teens avoid posting comments or pictures that could damage their reputation? Why?_________________________________

I._____Plagiarism Do teens respect intellectual property rights by not copying and pasting other people's work from online sources for say, school projects? Why?____________________

K._____Fake News Do teens try to verify that information they read online is actually true?

What rating would you give the whole list? Why?_____________


Discussion: With a partner, discuss these results from a study about teens online behavior conducted by McAfee corporation.

Why is this data driven : a decision-making process which involves collecting data, extracting patterns and facts from that data, and utilizing those facts to make inferences that influence decision-making ?

Do these statistics (data) show that society needs to improve or we are doing just fine with online behavior?

For each data point below...

Society needs to improve 1 ---------------------5 ----------------------10 Society is doing just fine

The facts...

____20% said they had ended a friendship with someone because of something that happened on a social network.

___71% of teens have actually done something to hide their online behavior (only 56% of parents are aware of this).

___7% responded fearing for their safety because of something that happened online, and 5% reported getting into a physical fight because of an online problem.

___More than 1 in 10 (12%) of teens have met someone in real life that they only knew online

___31% reported pirating movies and music

___16% of teens admitted to looking up test answers on their phone, and 48.1% of teens having looked up assignments and test answers online.

___62.1% of all teens have witnessed cruel behavior online.

___24.9% have posted mean comments.

___44.8% of teens visit a website parents disapprove of (only 23.6% of parents are aware of this)

___43% of teens intentionally access simulated violence online (only 15% of parents are aware)

___36% of teens intentionally access sexual topics online (only 11% of parents are aware) 32% of teens intentionally access nude content or porn online (only 12% of parents are aware)

___15% left an open chat to go into a private chat with someone they met online.

___12% met up in person with someone they met online.

___17% have hacked into someone else’s social media account or email.

How does each of these reflect people's online code of behavior and ethics?

Do you think this study has accurately captured teen ethics? Why or why not?

Which of these examples is the most dangerous to society's code of ethics? why?


Video: While watching the video, think of a new title for it.

Appropriate/Inappropriate Online Behaviors

Why did you give it that title?

Remember your online code should avoid

Sharing embarrassing information about someone in an online forum

Creating a profile with false information and tricking people with it

Posting a cruel remark about someone on a social network

Using the work of someone else in a mash-up without citing it